The Best Facial I Ever Had At Mortar & Milk

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As with every post that will come this month, this one is painfully overdue. My personal life took a bit of a turn after the summer (more on that here) and anything extracurricular went out the window, including writing about this, which I had been so excited to do. I have hinted about this review on Instagram for months now (so sorry!) and included the shop in my recent Top 10 Niche Retailers post, but now it’s time to dive into the details of the best facial I ever had. I am so happy to finally be sharing this post with you because Mortar & Milk is a true hidden gem in the London beauty world and Pamela Marshall (co-founder and Aesthetician) is a skincare legend in the making. Continue reading

Best of British: Top 10 Niche Retailers

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This post has been long, long, long overdue on the blog. As you will have read from my 2017 #SkinGoals, a family emergency lead to an unexpectedly long hiatus from blogging and this write-up (which I had been working on for months) never got finished. It was originally scheduled to go up over the summer, then on Small Business Saturday (both US and UK dates), then before Christmas (then after) and now here we are. I have been so excited to talk about this for such a long time now and I can’t wait to finally share all my favourite places to shop with you. Continue reading

Mintd October Box Review

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Even though I have had this beautiful box of goodies for a few weeks now, I have been working and travelling so much that I sadly haven’t had the chance to share my love for it until now. The funny thing about how busy I have been lately is that this box is the perfect antidote to that. This month’s theme is ‘Your Essential Beauty Sleep’ and it could not have come at a better time, since sleep has been as mythical as the Loch Ness Monster I failed to spot in Scotland last month. Mintd have yet again put together another thoughtfully curated selection of luxurious products and even though I say it every time, this is my favourite box so far. It is so ideal for this time of year, but more than just being a seasonal delight, it also resonates on a spiritual level because it perfectly caters to that inevitable downward shift in emotions we all can’t help but feel going into Autumn. This box is like a big, warm hug for your tired mind, skin and soul and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Continue reading

Aurelia Pop-Up Boutique And The 20 Minute Facial That Saved My Skin

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As many of you will know by now, I have been a huge fan of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare ever since I discovered the absolute joy that is their beautiful Miracle Cleanser earlier this year. I loved the products so much that I even posted a simple “self-care” routine (here) using just two of them, to show that you don’t always need an elaborate and complicated lineup to pamper your skin. Since then, the cleanser has become an integral part of my skincare stash and just this week it has helped get my skin back on track after an allergic reaction that left it red, itchy and inflamed. Aurelia are truly one of the most beautiful brands out there with products that actually deliver, so when I heard they were opening their very first pop-up boutique in London I had to go. Last night I had the pleasure of hanging out with some of the amazing team, had a facial that healed my skin and also got to see their new products, which I am so excited about to tell you all about! Continue reading

Best of British: S5 Cleansers Review

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After a brief hiatus, the concluding series of posts in my Best of British feature is back and I am starting with a plant based yet still high performance niche UK brand that has impressed me to no end. S5 is an organic cosmeceuticals line of products from the same incredibly talented, hardworking and passionate team behind the beautiful brand Evolve (review here), so you know it’s going to be good. Unlike Evolve, which focuses on nourishing the skin with gorgeous (and borderline edible) superfood ingredients, S5 is all about treating skin conditions with highly effective natural ingredients that are just as good or better than their synthetic equivalent. For example, I can’t wait to write about their amazing serums that tackle everything from blemishes and hyperpigmentation to scarring and dermatitis, but those are currently being reformulated (which I am so excited about), so for now it’s all about these cleansers, which so many of you have asked about since they started appearing in my Instagram posts. Continue reading